Laboratory Specialist
Job ID: R0026382 | Laboratory Research | Full time | Charlottesville, VA

The Department of Surgery at the University of Virginia is seeking a Lab Specialist Intermediate. Responsibilities of this position include independently performing biochemical and molecular biology assays such as RNA/DNA purification, protein assays, Western blot, gel electrophoresis, polymerase chain reaction (PCR), and ELISAs. Incumbent will also maintain a mouse colony and perform mouse surgeries including animal prep, surgical procedures, treatments, and euthanasia. Other responsibilities as directed by laboratory manager to include weekly inventory and ordering of supplies, drugs and animals, and other responsibilities as required.

Position Responsibilities Include:

  • Laboratory duties - Individual should have prior experience working independently in a cell/molecular biology laboratory. Individual will independently perform various cell, molecular, and biochemical procedures such as RNA/DNA purification, protein assays, Western blot, agarose and polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, polymerase chain reaction (PCR), and ELISAs. Individual should also have prior experience with microscopy and the use of antibodies in immunohistochemistry, flow cytometry, and confocal microscopy. Routine laboratory duties include maintenance, organization, and inventory of all laboratory equipment and supplies.
  • Team environment - Individual should have prior experience working as part of a diverse team consisting of laboratory staff, students, postdoctoral scientists, and principle investigators.
  • Animal work - Individual should have previous experience with rodent handling and surgery. Individual will independently perform mouse surgeries including animal prep, surgical procedures, treatments, euthanasia, and tissue collection. Individual should also have prior experience with mouse colony maintenance including inventory, breeding, genotyping, and post-operative care.
  • Cell culture - Individual should have prior experience with cell and tissue culture. Individual will independently perform cell culture studies including experimental design and analysis as well as maintenance of frozen cells. These studies will involve the use of human and mouse cell lines as well as isolation of primary cells from human or mouse samples.
  • Computer - Individual should have experience with the use of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint in the laboratory setting.


  • Education: Bachelor's degree in related science
  • Experience: At least six years experience. Master's degree in related field may substitute for required experience. Nine years of experience accepted in lieu of degree.

This is a restricted position; continuation is dependent on funding and satisfactory performance.

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Due to the scope of President Biden's Executive Order 14042 issued in early September, all University employees, including remote employees, must receive their final vaccination dose by January 4, 2022, unless they have a University-approved religious or medical exemption. The University has updated policy SEC-045 to reflect these new requirements.

If hired by the Academic Division, excluding School of Medicine, School of Nursing, UVA Physicians Group, and the Health Systems Library, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination or be willing to be vaccinated by January 4, 2022. Academic employees may apply for a University-approved medical or religious exemption.

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Charlottesville, VA
Charlottesville, VA 22903

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